The Rebellion is on!
In some ways, breaking ground on a new trail can be as exciting as it’s ribbon cutting. This past Tuesday, after countless explorations and laying flagging in pretty much every direction, we cut the first bit of corridor on the Chipmunk Rebellion. I’m not one to procrastinate, but this was cutting it close: the rebellion was scheduled to start that night. This was confirmed to me by the rather large chipmunk gathering her strength before the uprising (she ...
HIHI is back on!
We’re happy to report that HiHi has been resurrected! Slightly farther up the slope, and trending mostly down, the new line was crafted rather quickly. Another trail night, sponsored by Arc’teryx Whistler “got ’er done”. 33 Volunteers were fed Functional pie and Coast mountain brewed refreshments for their heavy lifting! The trail crew also took the opportunity to re-think the exit of the High Side trail…
Rob’s the man!
Rob likes big rocks and he can not lie (down)... until ...
Thanks Queen Victoria!
We had a refreshingly short work week thanks to the holiday, but the black flies tried to make it unbearable… we all reached for our bug nets at some point! We did make significant progress though: Hi-Hi 2.0 is close to completion!
“Wait, Hi-Hi was fine!” … not after the fuel thinning. We’ve re-routed the entire trail out of the treatment area. We picked a line that swoops mostly down and ventures near some massive stumps (from 1960’s logging) and ...
Yummy Numby 2.0
The trail known as Yummy Numby was first created to access the technical rock slab section of Comfortably Numb (Foreplay). Eventually, “outside the box” thinkers tried turning right at the junction with Foreplay… this became even more popular. I’ve always felt that Yummy Numby was incomplete: The road section followed by the relentless steep and loose doubletrack grunt didn’t mesh with the rest of the experience (forest singletrack).
After many walks, rolls of flagging tape and map study, Whistler-Blackcomb approved ...
The night before Tuesday
'Twas the night before Tuesday, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The flagging was laid in the forest with care,
In hopes that keen diggers would soon be there…
I lose sleep over this. Seriously. For the first few trail nights, I’m like a child on the night before christmas: Filled with unrelenting anticipation. Will anyone show up? Did I flag enough work if hundreds show? Who’ll build up that rockwall? Will there be ...
Following a land swap, the RMOW has tasked WORCA with managing the historical singletrack trails in the south end of the “Westside Zone”. These trails include “Piece of Cake”, “Moose Knuckles”, “Butterflies and Flowers”, “THC” and “Danimal south”. We’ve undertaken some upgrades (armouring roots/ holes and berming into the climbs) to upper Danimal south and THC as they will become the ultimate exit from the Sproatt big ride: Mystic>Rocks>Squirrels>Chipmunk>Waste>Danimal>THC.
Vollie trail nights
It’s time to get (a little) dirty! The first ...
Chainsaws and rakes and birds
It sounds like spring in the woods. Love is literally in the air… I mean for birds of course. Males are loudly wooing ladybirds and established couples are claiming their turf. There’s a lot of tweeting going on but that chorus is interrupted by the rhythmic scraping of rakes and steady wail of 2-stroke trail clearing machines. Winter’s been blustery and every trail has a fresh coat of treetop trimmings (often, the whole tree). The trail crew ...
It looks like summer is melting its way into the Whistler valley and that can only mean that fresh trail reports are on the horizon! Here's the first one of 2019:
This season, the trail crew will revisit some of the harder to get to bike destinations around the valley including Jane lakes and Comfortably Numb. We'll continue upgrading our ageing bridges (Get over it, Kill me Thrill me, Billy Epic) and armouring the most heavily "loved" trails (LOTS, LESS, Howler, Foreplay). Stay ...
What a year!
The 2018 trail maintenance season started off quite reactionary: A lot of work was dictated by natural and man-made “disasters”: loads of deadfall, a debris flow event on Sproatt creek, fire thinning work and upgrading of the Lower Sproatt BC Hydro road. Great efforts were put forward to re-open, re-connect and re-create sections of trail damaged or completely lost. I think it was July by the time we could start ticking-off stuff on the pre-planned “To-do list”.
We ran 13 ...
T’was a pleasant month for working in the woods. The fall colours, mushrooms, brisk air and stunning sunsets (!) calling the team back to civilization. I suppose we’ll need flashlights next week. Beyond the pleasant weather, it’s been a treat to pick at the to-do list. Signs are going up, bridges are getting replaced, tools getting winterized and new trail approvals are coming in... I’ll let the President make the announcement.
Renee just got back from Alaska and joined us to explore a ...